Halloween is around the corner and we all know what that means: candy, lots and lots of candy. This is an exciting time of year for your kids, but it’s important to have some ground rules when it comes to them indulging in their Halloween candy. Here, we’ll discuss some candy tips, as well as answer the big question on the minds of every new parent: at what age can kids eat Halloween candy?
When Can I Let My Child Eat Candy?
If this is your child’s first Halloween, you’re probably wondering if they’re ready to enjoy candy like the big kids. Well, it depends. One of the biggest issues about when your child can eat candy is whether or not their teeth have erupted. Most baby teeth begin erupting as early as six months, but your child probably won’t have a full set of baby teeth until they are around three years old. Once your child has a full set of baby teeth, then you can start letting them have candy. As for how much candy they should be eating, your child will not learn how to moderate their consumption of treats if they are completely off-limits so a good rule of thumb is limiting their consumption to one piece for every year of age.
What Halloween Candies Should My Child Avoid?
Although your child can have candy at age three when their full set of baby teeth have come in, start them off with candies that can melt in their mouth like chocolate. You could even let them have melting candies as early as two. However, candies like caramel, jelly beans, lollipops and peppermints shouldn’t be given to your child until they are at least four. Not only are sticky candies and hard candies worse for teeth, but they can also be choking hazards.
Are There Any Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids?
There are a number of healthier treats that you can make for your kids around Halloween time so they don’t overdo it with candy. These mouthwatering snacks might even manage to be more fun than candy!
- Peanut butter with apple slices and celery sticks is a tasty treat any time of the year.
- Build a skeleton out of string cheese, hummus, and vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, celery, and cherry tomatoes.
- Blend up a healthy green “monster potion” with spinach or kale, coconut water, low-sugar yogurt, and frozen pineapple, banana, and mango and have your child drink it from a black cauldron mug.
- Create a witch’s broomstick by cutting up a cheese stick to look like the bottom of a broom and using a carrot or pretzel stick to be the broom handle.
Additional Questions? We Have Answers!
If you have other questions about how to protect your child’s teeth this Halloween from spooky dental maladies, our team is here to help. We care about the oral health of all our patients, no matter their age. We look forward to hearing from you!